The orange and cheery Least Skipper is a small butterfly that prefers humid regions and tall grasses.
Unlike other grass skippers, the Least Skipper is not an excellent flyer. It flutters about, as if it is struggling to stay aloft. Their habitat, however, relieves them of the need to excel at flying in straight lines. Males fly in and around tall grasses in search of females. Females lay eggs on a stalk of tall grass. Larvae hatch and use the grass to form a nest by either rolling it around themselves or using cocoon silk to cover themselves. Caterpillars are bright green and have white spots along both sides of the body. They feed on the grass as well. Adults are active in spring and summer. In warmer states, they are also active in the winter months. They prefer marshes and wetlands where reeds and cattails can provide cover and food, but they may be seen in drier areas as well.
Scientific Name: Ancyloxphya numitor
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 15mm to 27mm (0.59in to 1.05in)
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Butterfly and Moth Anatomy
Antennae: Butterflies and Moths have a pair of antennae on the head used as sensors.
Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and proboscis.
Thorax: Home to the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
Abdomen: Contains vital internal organs such as the heart(s) and reproduction facilities.
Forewing: The upper, forward wing pair used for flying.
Hindwing: The lower, rearward wing pair used for flying.
NOTE: Butterflies and Moths are part of the Lepidopteran order as they share many similarities.